March 4, 2018 Subject:
While I’m biased in that ‘77 is not my favorite Dead year, contrary to many dead heads, I still think there are better shows from this year, and this one has been overrated due to popular deadhead mythology. Still, there are some incredible moments in this show and by all means it’s worth listening to.
January 6, 2017 Subject:
Lives up to the hype !
There's not much I can add that hasn't already been said about this amazing show except that it also has my all time favorite BEW. Over the years I've listened to this show many, many times and it always delivers the magic. The energy from the band is palpable and represents the best of the Spring '77 tour, IMO.
December 1, 2016 Subject:
Barton Hall, worth a visit
Knowing this show mainly for the unique Scarlet, I had a chance a few years ago to visit a friend who works at Cornell, and as we were touring, she mentioned, here is Barton Hall. The mere mention flooded my mind with all sorts of flashes of what this show and era of the Dead was like. She grew up in Woodstock, NY, where I had also spent my high school years, and we reminisced about the Dead and what that show must have been like. The mellow Cornell campus and the awesome finger lakes nearby, just heaven for mind tripping Dead heads to explore new universes of space time mind travel. What a blessing it was that we could enjoy this music back then, and now here in the archive! I plan to donate to the archive to help them flourish, as I would encourage others to as well. What a precious resource. Enjoy, in deep listening compassionate dead cheer! ....wake up to find out that...you....are the eyes of world!
April 29, 2016 Subject:
"Nice slidin' Jer!"
This particular recording has a quintessential Grateful Dead show moment (the kind that is impossible to explain to someone who's never been as to why it is charming...and probably just plain impossible to explain to anyone anyway). It comes right after the great(est?) Row Jimmy when the tripped-out, upstate deadhead enthusiastically and rhythmically shouts out "Nice slidin' Jerry, whoa-ho! Ah ha! Shake it Jer! Woah-ho! ah ha!" I don't know why, but this kills me. I've never been a true acolyte of this show, but it is pretty darn slick.
April 20, 2016 Subject:
Get this, NOW!
Seamons Matrices are usually solid. His 77 Matrices are all great, this included. Nothing to say that hasn't been said. Don't worry about whether or not this is overrated, underrated, best of 77, worst of 77--you are confused, just listen to the music play...
February 23, 2016 Subject:
When I think of a best show I always think of the Veneta Oregon show in 72'. smoldering
January 4, 2015 Subject:
January 4, 2015 Subject:
Better not be there when it rolls over...
It is probably best NOT to title anything 'BEST SHOW BY THE GRATEFUL DEAD' It is challenging enough to pick out the best shows from a particular year let alone to have one ultimate show for the 30 year run.
What you can get from a listen to this show is that when the band is on just about everything they play stands out and sparkles.
The biggest standouts probably being 'Dancin'
'Scarlet>Fire the whole St.Stephen>N.F.A>Stephen
'The Dew' but really the entire show is well played.(MORNING DEW-It is amazing that a tune they started playing so early along could blaze so hot all thru the years. and it scorches here.)
The N.F.A reminds me of The ENGLISHTOWN one they would play four months later.
Great Sound !
May 11, 2013 Subject:
most overrated show? No way!!
After hearing a bunch of Dick's Picks and other great 77 shows, I still think this was the greatest by far of a very good year. The late, great Dick Latvala did a heck of a lot for the Dead legacy but got it completely wrong on this one (except that he did recognize this Dew as the best ever). The Scarlet>Fire blows away other versions from 77 and may be the best ever. St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen > Morning Dew is simply one of my favorite jam sessions of all time. Talk about primal Dead! It's a very solid first set as well, with a spectacular Loser and culminating in a long, well-jammed Dancin'. It may be a good thing they don't have this one in the vault. All these great-sounding recordings will be available on Archive for the foreseeable future. This one really sounds good.
February 10, 2009 Subject:
Yes, you need this one
You nailed this one.
Plain & simple.
February 7, 2009 Subject:
Damn, HS has done it again
What he said.
February 7, 2009 Subject:
What else can be said about this show that hasn't already been stated? Not much.
I can show you 10 better shows. I can show you 10 worse shows. Don't matter none. This show rocks.
The playing is outstanding. As is the sound of this matrix. As is the set list.
The 2nd set of this show is about as perfect a set as you're gonna get. The Scarlet>Fire is a thing of beauty. All the way through to the Dew. The tempo, the notes played, the phrasing, all add up to a mighty fine listening experience.
Thanks Mr. Seamons for the work you put into this show.
I escpecially like the label, "Warning: this might steal your face."
This one is as advertised. Time well spent.